Te tuku rongoā āraimate ki te rangatahi Immunisations for rangatahi (teenagers and young adults)

For best protection, rangatahi (young adults) should be up to date with measles, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines. Meningococcal immunisation is especially important if rangatahi are going to live closely with lots of other people – like in boarding school hostels or halls of residence.

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine

Many adults and rangatahi (young people) born between 1989 and 2004 in New Zealand were not vaccinated against measles.

Aotearoa is at very high risk of a measles outbreak. It is not too late to get protected.

To check whether you have been vaccinated, contact your healthcare provider.

If you are unable to find out if you have been vaccinated, it is recommended you get vaccinated as soon as possible. There is no additional risk in getting extra MMR doses. It is important to know you have had 2 doses.

The MMR vaccine is free for:

  • everyone aged 18 years old and under (it does not matter what their visa or citizenship status is) and
  • those eligible for free healthcare in New Zealand.

About the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine

Video: The measles vaccine with Dr Hina Lutui


Meningococcal vaccines

For best protection, rangatahi should be up to date with both MenACWY and MenB vaccinations. You can get immunised again if your last meningococcal vaccinations were more than 5 years ago.

These vaccines can be booked with your healthcare provider or pharmacy. They are free for some people, and you can pay if you do not meet the criteria.


Rangatahi aged 13 to 25 years old living in close-living situations can get free meningococcal B vaccines until 28 February 2024.

Close-living situations include boarding schools, hostels, halls of residence, military barracks, and prisons.


Rangatahi aged 13 to 25 years who are entering into, or in their first year of certain close-living situations, can get a free meningococcal A, C, W, and Y (MenACWY) vaccine.

About meningococcal vaccines

Video: Teenagers Abi and Jayden talk about meningococcal immunisation


HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

If you were not immunised against HPV as a child, you can get free vaccination until you turn 27 years old.

You will need 3 doses, given over 6 months.

If you have been vaccinated against HPV you do not need any additional doses when you are an adult.

You can pay for the HPV vaccine until you turn 45 years old. For people aged 28 to 45 it can cost approximately $240 per dose — you need 3 doses.

About the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

Catching up on missed childhood vaccinations

If you missed any childhood vaccinations on the National Immunisation Schedule, it is OK. Rangatahi (young people) can catch up on most vaccinations. For advice, talk to your healthcare provider.

Catching up on missed vaccinations

If you are travelling overseas

If you are travelling overseas, you should check you are up to date with routine vaccinations – in particular measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus.

Depending on where you are travelling to, you may also need to be immunised against other diseases such as yellow fever, rabies, cholera, hep A and typhoid.

Before travelling, check with healthcare provider to see if extra vaccinations are needed for the areas you are travelling to. There will be a cost for these. You can also check the following websites:

List of destinations – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (external link)

Travel advisories by destination – Safe Travel (external link)

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